I think nurses as a general rule make terrible patients. I know I certainly do.... I don't mention what I do for a living anymore, I think you get labeled as a bad patient, and I'd rather they judge me rather than my job.
I usually say I'm an NHS employee, so I still get a Mrs A screen, but I let them assume a ward clerk or something similar.
But I am a TERRIBLE patient, I just want to go home even before I arrive, and I have to be really ill (ie turning blue) before I consider getting help. Goodness knows how I'd manage if i had to have an operation, I be a DNA... unless i was escorted into the building.
At the moment, I restrain myself, to lying to physios (yes i've walked around the ward twice this morning already, and done my deep breathing exercises every hour;) ) giving the PEFR a little nudge so its higher so I can go home sooner. and I clean everything, I think I devlop some kind of compulsion, i use bottles and bottles of alcohol gel.
I try not to annoy the staff, but last year I insisted on making my own bed, whilst still attatched to wall's o2 supply!!
I always remember a lecture at university when we were told, nurses were not just service providers but service users. I pray every shift not to get a patient like me.